Welcome to the Petäjävesi Old Church!

Learn more about the four centuries old UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy life in the rural paradise of Petäjävesi!

Opening hours

Opening hours on summer season

From 1st of June to 31st of August: daily 10 am – 6 pm

Exceptional opening hours:
On Midsummer day (21.-22.6.) the church will be closed.

Weddings, concerts and christenings arranged at the Petäjävesi Old Church might cause temporary changes to these opening hours. The church might not be open to the public during family occasions if the family holding the ceremony wants to keep the event closed. Weddings are held nearly every Saturday afternoon in the summer, so please be prepared to wait for a little while or call us in advance to check the schedule. A church service open for the public is held in the Old Church on most Sundays in the summer at 10 AM or 1 PM.

Opening hours on winter season

The church will be closed from the 1st of September 2023 to the 31st of May 2024.

On winter season, we are open only by reservation. Group visits may be arranged, if the visit is reserved at least two weeks in advance. The reservation has to be paid in advance. Please note that during winter season, we will sent replies from mondays to thursdays only. Reservations and more information: opas@petajavesi.fi.

Admission fees

Summer season

  • Adult: €9
  • Pensioner, student, unemployed: €6
  • Groups of 10+ people: €6 / person
  • Children from 7 to 15 years €2, younger ones for free

The admission fees include a guided tour of approximately 30 minutes. Guided tours begin at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm or by request.

You can buy a ticket either from our web store or on site at the church. The means of payment are cash, debit and credit cards.

Winter season

1 September 2023 – 31 May 2024
1–10 persons: €80 (including admission fees and the door opening fee).
More than 10 persons: Admission fee 6€ per person and door opening fee of €20.

Maximum fee for groups of higher education students is €100 and for school groups €30.

The winter season fees are paid in advance by invoice, and the invoicing fee is €6.

You can also get to know the Petäjävesi Old Church and its surroundings on your own with the help of digital guidance. The digital guided tour can be found in the free Nomadi application or online.

Web store

A popular group travel site

Learn more about the fascinating wooden churches of Central Finland

Experience all three wooden churches from the 18th century in the region by booking a guided group tour to the churches of Petäjävesi, Keuruu and Pihlajavesi.

The price of this ticket is €14.50 per person,

and it includes admission fees and guided tours in Finnish at the sites (the tour takes about 2.5 hours in total). The minimum size of a group is 20 persons.

Reservations and more information: museo@keuruu.fi, tel. +358 (0)40 965 5597 or opas@petajavesi.fi , tel. +358 (0)40 582 2461.

Field trips and student visits

The Petäjävesi Old Church is an ideal site for schoolchildren and students. Visit the church to learn more about the importance of the World Heritage Site.

Small schoolchildren can be guided by Jack the Church Mouse, tel. +358 (0)46 554 3818.

Parking

The parking lot of the Old Church is located by highway 23, and it can be found easily by following the signs. The parking lot has plenty of space for cars and coaches and tables for enjoying a snack. The walk from the parking lot to the Old Church is approximately 200 metres. People with reduced mobility can drive closer to the church from the north via the road Siltatie. 

Food and restaurants

In Petäjävesi, café and restaurant services are provided by e.g. restaurant KanttariPetäjäveden Pizzeria & KebabHeinähattu, serivce station KyläseppäSoppaGrilli23 and Hakamaa sheep farm. During the summer, visitors are also typically served by the Lemettilä farm barn café. We recommend checking the opening hours of the cafés and restaurants before visiting. You can also enjoy your own snacks on the church stairs and in the yard.

Sheeps are grazing on the pastures of the old church in the summer

Ten Finnsheep graze on the pastures of the Old Church in the summer, helping preserve the traditional biotope of the church’s surroundings. Please remember that, due to safety concerns, the electric fence should not be touched and the sheep should not be fed. Please keep your dogs on a leash in the yard.

 

Photography

Taking photographs for personal use is allowed in the Old Church. Photography for commercial purposes should be agreed on separately. Please remember that walking and taking photos in the church during a service is disruptive to the occasion. Avoid taking photos when a service is in progress.

Toilets

There is no indoor toilet in the Old Church, but the yard is equipped with outhouses that can be used in the summer. One of the outhouses is accessible to wheelchair users.

 

Accessibility

The Petäjävesi Old Church is not fully barrier-free. The building is old, its floors are not completely level, and some thresholds are high. The stairs outside the building are also quite steep. Wheelchair access to the Old Church is currenlty unavailable. People with reduced mobility can drive closer to the church from the north via the road Siltatie.

Digital guided tour

With the help of Citynomad’s digital map, you can get acquainted with the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Central Finland: the Petäjävesi Old Church and its surroundings, and the Struve Geodetic Arc’s measuring point in Oravivuori, Korpilahti. There are a total of 27 points on the route, which are intended to be used to explore the area’s World Heritage Sites on your own in nine different languages.

You can easily find the digital guided tour in the free Nomadi application or on the web at citynomadi.com with the keywords Petäjävesi Old Church or Struve Geodetic Arc. You can get directly to the route here: https://citynomadi.com/route/8d1734828f18b3ed090b25b2aa06d42f?lang=en.

There is also an audio guidance in both Finnish and English, so you can put your headphones on and enjoy the tour.